April 26, 2004

Manitoba's 2004 budget provides funds for environmental protection

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba's 2004-05 budget, introduced earlier this month, includes a number of provisions for protecting water and the environment. The government will ensure new support for the Lake Winnipeg Stewardship Board to work towards reducing harmful nutrients in the lake, and will allocate further funding for livestock management to address inspection and enforcement.

Plans also include a new 10% tax credit to encourage businesses to invest in odour control equipment, and a continuation of Manitoba's riparian tax credit. The budget will provide $100,000 as well to further support Manitoba's network of protected areas. The province has signed an MOU which will lead to the creation of Lowlands, Canada's newest national park, and will add to the five new provincial parks created since 1999.

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